A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government is demanding an apology and retraction from The Standard, challenging a story from the paper’s The Grapevine column in which it is claimed that CS Fred Matiang’i was, by inference, involved in an illicit love affair.
Writing to the Standard, Spokesperson Mwenda Njoka demanded that the retraction be made within seven (7) days failure to which the Ministry would take legal action against the publication.
Yesterday, Kenya Live News run an exclusive story in which it was chronicled how Matiang’i had run into trouble with his local church after getting intimately involved with a female member of his local SDA church.
Insiders opine Matiang’i attempt to intimidate The Standard through the Ministry of Interior, which never mentioned in the first place, amounts to abuse of office.
Why, for instance, is Matiang’i involving the state ministry in what is purely a personal tribulation? Why hasn’t Matiang’i directly taken up the issue with bloggers who he claims took up the Standard story and named him?
KLN did conduct a background investigation and published its story based on facts – such as the church and member involved – that we unearthed in our story.
Njoka letter threatens legal action if an apology and a retraction isn’t issued but fails dispute numerous facts so far published in the story.
It is also clear that Matiang’i intended the Ministry of Interior to take over the matter right from the start so that payments due to Ken Ogetto of Ogetto, Otachi and Company Advocates will be paid by the Ministry.
Ogetto is a well connected and expensive lawyer who represented high raking government officials at the International Criminal Court.